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Building Father's House.

Community life in Christ.

Principles of Community life in Christ.

As community is the creative work of God, so God ask of us to stand in gap for our community through prayer. Standing in the gap is were hope (despair) give way to trusting in God.

Just as Elijah prayed in the knowledge that God turn the hearts of people back to Him, prayer is preparing a way for the Lord to come into the hearts of man. Jesus said – “apart from Me, you can do nothing” people in general have no sense of who they are or were they are going, there is only one remedy, to invite God to dwell within us, for when God comes His presence becomes our identity and every facet of our live submit to the authority of God.

A new sense of destiny comes and the name of the city, from that time on will be “THE LORD IS THERE” as it is written in Ezekiel 48:35 And from that day on the name of the city will be ADONAI Shamah [ADONAI is there. It is when the Kingdom of God is established in the hearts of individuals that a community reacts to the authority of God bringing in a new sense of purpose, reflecting God’s character based on God’s love and character living within the individual.

Perfection is not the measure it is a process, just as Paul said it is not as if we attained it but we strive to reach the goal.

Opportunity. Part of God’s character is to transform communities through individuals Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of Adonai ELOHIM is upon me, because ADONAI has anointed me to announce good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim freedom to the captives, to let out into light those bound in the dark; to proclaim the year of the favor of ADONAI and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, yes, provide for those in Tziyon who mourn, giving them garlands instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a cloak of praise instead of a heavy spirit, so that they will be called oaks of righteousness planted by ADONAI, in which he takes pride.

But for God to transform the community, we must invite God into a community. Everybody desire God’s presence, but the desire must manifest in prayer, we cannot just desire without acting on the desire. We must ask God to give us a capacity to draw unto Him, knowing that apart from Jesus we can do nothing.

What can we do to invite God into our community. It start with the knowledge that God is drawn to holiness and humility. Being proud, opinionated and arrogance are things that stand against the will of God and thus appose community transformation. If we want to see a community transformed we need to start with ourselves. “To be agents of change we must first be changed agents”. Remember that God keeps the proud amiss but the humble He brings unto Himself. Isa 66:2 Didn’t I myself make all these things? This is how they all came to be, ” says ADONAI. ” The kind of person on whom I look with favor is one with a poor and humble spirit, who trembles at my word. The biggest thing that stand against unity is our own pride. Humility in the presence of God, with a sincere heart and the knowledge that without God we can do nothing, is the bases for community transformation.

Corporate revival begins with individual obedience. A community consist out of individuals, therefore the most important part of a community is the individual, the most important thing for the individual is to begin praying in order to see a community praying. For this reason we must remember that man is impressed by activity, God is impressed by obedience. As an individual we are part of a community, and it is our duty to get involved by calling unto God for the community. Whether opposition leads to revival or stop a revival depend on your response.

Biblical unity is a majority with God. God does not need a majority, and he never used a majority, God need commitment in trusting in Him and in His ability. Don’t focus on unity within a community, for transformation is not the result of unity, unity is the product of transformation. When God decide to come into a community, the community is united in His presence. If we all within the community acknowledge the Kingdom of God, then we all submit to His Kingdom and His rule. As it is written in Mat 18:19-20 To repeat, I tell you that if two of you here on earth agree about anything people ask, it will be for them from my Father in heaven. For wherever two or three are assembled in my name, I am there with them. Unity is not based upon the number of people within a room, unity is something that God brings about when His people call unto Him.

Breakthrough prayer release destiny. James 5: 16-17 Therefore, openly acknowledge your sins to one another, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Eliyahu was only a human being like us; yet he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and no rain fell on the Land for three years and six months. Effectual fervent prayer is a cry of desperation. All the above principles is without worth if it is not founded upon fervent, penetrating and perseverance prayer. Elijah watch and waited. Prayer is the foundation of our faith, no one can graduate from prayer. We must seek the face of God in fellowship with Him and His Son Yeshua the Messiah. Prayer is a relationship, that grow in intimacy and understanding as we abide in the presence of God. We must seek God plan for the community first, so that we can call into existence the planned destiny for the community.

Do not bind the evil - call in the light. Prayer literally change things, it however depend upon the people’s desire to see God moves, sometime we aboard God’s creation because of our own impatience. Like the Israelites who refused to wait for creation to be completed, Moses had to wait on God for His creation work on mount Sinai return. God’s work will always be unique God’s work is not within human control, God come into a community to get His glory, for Jesus paid the prize, He therefore deserve to get the glory due unto Him. God’s program my caught us by surprise, He is unexpected and do not react on our call but in accordance to His plan and purpose. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is like the wind you cannot see Him come, or know where He blow. God configure His strategy based upon His level of knowledge and not what we think we know. We err in our ways as we decide upon a strategy and then we want God to bring it in fulfillment. God will not allow His arrival to be stage manage, He is the creator of Heaven and Earth. God use servant leaders Servant leader serve the community and do not expect to be served by the community. They are willing to persevere, and will not give up when the going gets tuff. We are not in the ministry to become a quick star, but to run the race that God set before us. One who counts the cost, stay on course and directs all to the Kingdom of God – John the baptize. God can do incredible things through our lives if we do not care who gets the credit. We must acknowledge that it is not about names and titles, it is about acknowledging the gifts of God. As servant leaders we are not stakeholders; we are shareholders – partners in God’s Kingdom. Consider the example that Jesus set before us, the measure of leadership is not whether the leader has influence within the public eye but whether he has influence with God.